Guided mis­sile de­stroyer INS Chen­nai joins the In­dian Navy


INS Chen­nai, a P-15A guided mis­sile de­stroyer, was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy by the Rak­sha Mantri Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dock­yard, Mumbai. The event marked the for­mal in­duc­tion into the Navy of the third and the last of the three Kolkata class de­stroy­ers, in­dige­nously de­signed by the In­dian Navy’s in-house or­gan­i­sa­tion, Direc­torate of Naval De­sign and con­structed by Mazagon Dock Lim­ited (MDL) Mumbai.

Parrikar, whilst ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, termed the com­mis­sion­ing of INS Chen­nai, last of the Project 15 A class de­stroy­ers, as a his­toric day for the In­dian Navy as it adds an­other mile­stone in our re­lent­less jour­ney to­wards achiev­ing self-re­liance in bat­tle readi­ness. The ship rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant ‘com­ing of age’ of our war­ship build­ing ca­pa­bil­ity and de­fence pre­pared­ness, said the De­fence Min­is­ter. He fur­ther stated that the In­dian Navy, in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing over­all mar­itime se­cu­rity to our coun­try, also plays a cru­cial role as the ‘net se­cu­rity provider’ in our ad­join­ing seas. In this re­gard, Parrikar also stressed that the Navy’s growth and de­vel­op­ment must keep pace with the na­tion’s growth and mar­itime se­cu­rity needs.

Laud­ing the role played by the naval de­sign­ers (DGND) and the ship builders, i.e. MDL Mumbai, the Rak­sha Mantri said: “With the in­duc­tion of INS Chen­nai, a new bench­mark has been achieved for our war­ship de­sign and con­struc­tion en­deav­ours, with the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of sys­tems and equip­ment, and util­i­sa­tion of ad­vanced ship­build­ing tech­niques”.

Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, the Navy Chief, said that com­mis­sion­ing of INS Chen­nai marks an­other mile­stone in the Navy’s quest for self-re­liance as it sig­ni­fies com­ple­tion of the chal­leng­ing Project P-15A and her­alds a new era of ad­vanced war­ships built in­dige- nously by In­dian ship­yards. The Ad­mi­ral also stated that in­di­geni­sa­tion of plat­forms, weapons, sen­sors and equip­ment with par­tic­i­pa­tion of pub­lic as well as pri­vate sec­tors, will con­tinue to re­main a fo­cus area of the In­dian Navy, in line with the ‘Make in In­dia’ pol­icy enun­ci­ated by the Prime Min­is­ter. He em­pha­sised that the “Road map for the Navy’s ex­pan­sion and growth would con­tinue to re­main firmly an­chored on self-re­liance and in­di­geni­sa­tion.”

The Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain C.R. Praveen Nair, read out the Com­mis­sion­ing War­rant, which was fol­lowed by the hoist­ing of ‘Colours’ (cer­e­mony of hoist­ing the na­tional flag and naval en­sign) which marked the com­mence­ment of the ship’s ser­vice as a war­ship of the Navy.

Fol­low­ing her for­mal in­duc­tion, INS Chen­nai will be placed un­der the op­er­a­tional and ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, Western Naval Com­mand. In due course, the ship will be as­signed to the Western Fleet and would be base-ported at Mumbai.

The ship mea­sures 163 m in length, 17.4 m in breadth with a dis­place­ment of 7,500 tonnes and can right­fully be re­garded as one of the most po­tent war­ships to have been con­structed in In­dia. INS Chen­nai is packed with con­tem­po­rary and so­phis­ti­cated state-ofthe-art weapons and sen­sors such as sur­face-to-sur­face mis­sile and sur­face-to-air-mis­siles. The ship is fit­ted with a mod­ern sur­veil­lance radar which pro­vides tar­get data to the gun­nery weapon sys­tems of the ship. The ship’s anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties are pro­vided by the in­dige­nously de­vel­oped rocket launch­ers and tor­pedo launch­ers. The ship is equipped to fight un­der nu­clear, bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal (NBC) war­fare con­di­tions.

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